Adrian Bowie grew up around Maryland basketball. And now the 6-foot-1 lefty guard from Montrose Christian in Rockville, Md., will spend his college years in College Park. Bowie verbally committed to Maryland on Friday.
Bowie attended his first Terp basketball game when was four years old. His dad, an equipment manager in the Maryland athletic department, may have had something to do with his upbringing around the university. Bowie said he is looking forward to playing for the Terps instead of watching from the sidelines.
"I've known Maryland basketball ever since I was little," Bowie said. "I grew up at Cole Field House and I've gotten to know the players and coach Williams really well. That made my decision even easier."
Maryland was the first high-major school to offer him, he said, but wanted time to look over all of his options. Family played a big part in his decision.
"I got to thinking about it and it was getting close to my senior year so I figured why not commit now," Bowie said. "My mom wanted to see me play in college and she doesn't like to fly so I wanted to play somewhere close to home. She can do that now that I am going to Maryland. She's happy."
Bowie, a three-star guard from the class of 2007, is a terrific defender that shines on the offensive end when he is attacking the basket and making plays at the rim. Bowie said he and Williams have not discussed the role he will play yet.
"I know my role will be playing defense and playing hard and being a leader but he hasn't talked to me specifically about it yet. We will in the future," Bowie said. "I always play hard so that won't be hard to adjust to."
Bowie will participate in the NBA Players Association camp next week in Richmond, Va. Following the prestigious camp, Bowie will travel to the Reebok ABCD camp in Teaneck, N.J. He'll wrap up the summer session with his talented Triple Threat team on the AAU circuit.